Crysis 2

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Crysis 2
Crysis 2 cover
Developers
Crytek
Multiplayer Crytek UK
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
CryEngine 3
Release dates
Windows March 22, 2011
Crysis
Crysis 2007
Crysis: Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013

Key points

PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Great for benchmarking graphics cards.
GameSpy services were shut down on May 31, 2014.[1]

General information

Crysis Website
MyCrysis Forums
Crysis Wiki - A wiki for everything Crysis related
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.com Maximum Edition
GameStop Maximum Edition
Green Man Gaming Maximum Edition
Origin Maximum Edition
Steam Maximum Edition
Uplay (US/Canada) Maximum Edition
Uplay (EMEA/other) Maximum Edition

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit system.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open system.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Write g_skipIntro = 1 at the end of the file.

Skip log in screen[edit]

Edit game.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\
  2. Open game.cfg with Notepad (or create if it doesn't exist).
  3. Add g_enableInitialLoginScreen = 0 to the file.

How to change the in-game language[edit]

Crysis 2 auto-detects your Operating System's language and uses it without asking.
If you want to play Crysis in English instead of your own locale[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open system.cfg.
  3. Change the last line to: g_language = English

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.9 prepares Crysis 2 for DX11 features and high-resolution textures. Each need to be downloaded and installed separately from the 1.9 patch.

DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade[edit]

The DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade can be downloaded here.
Included in Maximum Edition.
Features[edit]

With this package the following DX11 exclusive features will be activated

  • Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
  • Realistic Shadows with Variable Penumbra
  • High Quality HDR Motion Blur
  • Sprite Based Bokeh Depth of Field
  • Parallax Occlusion Mapping
  • Particles Motion Blur, Shadows and Art Updates
  • Water Rendering improvements and using Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
Requirements[edit]
  • DX11 compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory
  • 545 MB HD space

High-Resolution Textures[edit]

The High-Res Texture Pack can be downloaded here.
Included in Maximum Edition.
Features[edit]

The High-Resolution Texture Pack doubles the fidelity of many of the game's art assets.

Requirements[edit]
  • 64-bit operating system
  • DirectX 9-compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory

NTCore 4GB Patch[edit]

Crysis 2 is very memory intensive. This app improves performance for Crysis 2 on 64-bit Windows systems with more than 2GB RAM by allowing it to access up to 4GB RAM.

Modifications[edit]

BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD Textures[edit]

For those who truly want to push Crysis 2's graphical fidelity to its limits, BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD serves their needs. A step by step list of instructions is available at this forum post over at Crydev.net [1].

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\SaveGames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
[citation needed]
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Change FOV[citation needed]
  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add these lines to it:
cl_FOV = 70
r_DrawNearFOV = 70
pl_movement.power_sprint_targetFOV = 70

Notes

cl_FOV controls the main game world FOV; r_DrawNearFOV controls the FOV for nearby objects, primarily your arms and weapon; and pl_movement.power_sprint_targetFOV controls the FOV used only when you sprint.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Traditional Chinese
Turkish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
16 Online server browser stopped working on May 31, 2014.[1]

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 2891, 2990, 6667, 29900, 64100
UDP (outbound) 27900-27901, 64100

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Crysis 2 for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
See Crysis 2 running on Oculus Rift with Vireio.
Devices Native Notes
Keyboard/Mouse
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved[edit]

Statistic screen[edit]

The statistic-screen in the menu displays that 13 weapon-attachments are findable in single-player but in fact there are only 12. Therefore, it is not possible to achieve "100%".

Issues fixed[edit]

Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card[edit]

Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card[citation needed]

When playing Crysis 2 on a fast Nvidia card (GTX 560 Ti and possibly on faster cards as well), there can be an extreme and unexpected lag regardless of single player or multiplayer campaign. This is very noticeable while navigating the menu, something that should be instantaneous and direct. If you experience this lag, try switching to windowed mode (Alt+ Enter). If this lag now disappears and gameplay is suddenly fast again, the solution is this:

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel program
  2. Go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position
  3. If necessary, for step 1, select your main display
  4. At step 2, view the Scaling tab
  5. Select No scaling
  6. Select Perform scaling on: Display

Make sure your display is capable of scaling the game resolution to its native resolution, if you like to game at weird resolutions. GPU scaling is very useful but under Crysis 2, it introduces an extreme form of lag. Now, play Crysis 2 and see if you notice the difference.

(ALTERNATE SOLUTION) This game does not appear to like the Xbox One Controller and will cause severe lag on launch. If you happen to have one plugged in, disconnect it.[citation needed]

Crash to Desktop at Startup[edit]

Crash to Desktop at Startup[citation needed]

the game will freeze up and crash to the desktop without any errors

  • Disable 'Lucid Vitru MVP Pro 2.0'
  • This fix probably works with previous versions of Lucid's software.

External TV locked at 24 Hz[edit]

External TV locked at 24hz[citation needed]

If you use an external TV as a monitor to player Crysis 2 you may encounter a bug where the game always uses a 24Hz mode on the TV, resulting in a laggy frame rate. Sadly there is no official fix for this issue.

One temporary solution for this issue is to use ForceFix. Originally used for Metal Gear Rising, which as of now is also experiencing the same issue, also works for Crysis 2 as well.

Another way to play the game in fullscreen is to force borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

Alternatively you can create a custom resolution with a few less horizontal pixels which should force the display into 60Hz mode. For example, if you are running at 1920x1080 using an Nvidia card:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Go to Display > Change Resolution
  3. Click Customize
  4. Click Create Custom Resolution
  5. Change Horizontal pixels to 1916
  6. Leave Vertical lines at 1080
  7. Click Test and apply your settings if successful
  8. In Crysis 2, select your new resolution (1916x1080) and apply
  9. Your display should switch to 1920x1080@60Hz.
Forcing refresh rate via DirectX registry entries[citation needed]
  1. Open the Registry Editor (open the Start screen/Start menu, type regedit and press Enter).
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw
  3. Create DWORD entry "ForceRefreshRate" and change its DECIMAL value to the refresh rate of your monitor.
  4. 64-bit users will need to do this at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw as well.
  5. This will force DirectX games to run in your monitor's refresh rate.

Game is shifted to the right on the screen/runs in 59Hz mode/wrong refresh rate[edit]

Change refresh rate - automate with QRes[citation needed]

You can change your refresh rate manually each time you open and close the game.

OR

You can automate this with QRes:

@echo off
qres.exe /r:59
timeout /t 10 > NUL 
start crysis2.exe
timeout /t 60 > NUL 
:_loop
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq crysis2.exe" | findstr = > NUL || goto _cleanup
timeout /t 5 > NUL 
goto _loop
:_cleanup
qres.exe /r:60
  • Go to File and then Save As...
  • Name it Crysis 2.bat, and then change Save as type from .txt to All Files
  • Save into the same Bin32 folder
  • Right-click Crysis 2.bat and click Create shortcut
  • Move this shortcut to wherever is easiest, say the desktop, replacing the original shortcut
  • Right-click the shortcut, click Properties, click Change icon, click Browse, navigate to the same Bin32 folder, select Crysis2.exe, and click OK twice
  • When you run this using the new shortcut, your screen will flash off and on again, shifted to one side. Press the Auto button or equivalent on your monitor to realign the screen before the game starts
  • When you exit the game, wait a few seconds, the screen will flash again, the command window will close, and you can press the Auto again

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Interface Scaleform
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP2, 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS
ATI Radeon HD 3800
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
ATI Radeon HD 4870

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Crysis - Official Community • View topic - Crysis and Crysis 2 PC Multiplayer Modes Set to Shut Down
  2. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up